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See a list of all reservable picnic shelters in city parks.

Shelter house rentals may be made online or by visiting the Bloomington Parks and Recreation office at 401 N. Morton St., Suite 250 in City Hall, Monday-Friday, from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Shelters are available for rental April 1 through October 31. Reservations are available year round on a first-come, first-served basis.

Shelter reservations must be made either in person or online; we cannot reserve a shelter over the phone.

Shelter rental fees are per day, regardless of how long you actually use the shelter. Shelters are rented to only one party per day, and shelter rental times are from 6 a.m. until 11 p.m.

Cascades Park (Lower) - Sycamore Shelter $79/weekdays, $94/weekends and holidays
Located in the lower portion of Cascades Park, Bathrooms (open seasonally) are a part of the building, and the shelter has grills, electrical outlets, fireplace, water and drinking fountain (seasonal), playground access, and a large parking lot. The Sycamore Shelter is wheelchair accessible. Maximum capacity 75 people.

A significant streambank erosion project, and construction of an extension of the Cascades Park Trail and of a boardwalk to the park's waterfall is currently underway and requires the presence of large earthmoving equipment, which will be staged in the park. The Sycamore Shelter will remain open for rental and for use, although visitors are urged to use caution and be aware of increased traffic in the park during the construction period.

See a map of Lower Cascades Park showing shelter locations.


Lower Cascades Park has two 200' fenced fields with lights. Lower Cascades Park ballfields are located at 3601 N. Old State Road 37. For reservation information, contact Scott Pedersen at 812.349.3774 or



One of the city park system's largest and most accessible playgrounds is located at Lower Cascades Park. Seasonal restrooms are available just south of the playground.